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Today was our first full day in Paris! We started it off with Mass at Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart), on top of Montmartre (Hill of Martyrs). It was absolutely beautiful! The singing was led by one of the sisters there.

After Mass, we had the opportunity to walk around the inside of the Church and let the beauty touch our souls. This church has been a source of peace and consolation for the French people for hundreds of years, for whenever they look up towards the hill, they know someone is praying for them. It was deeply touching to see the majestic beauty that brought our hearts and minds directly to God and pointed to the eternal glory that waits us in Heaven.
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Before lunch, we went to look at the Moulin Rouge so we could get a picture for Haley, our friend, because she likes the movie so much.
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Next, we visited Holybelly, a trendy little cafe. We both ordered Camembert roti au miel salade de petites feuilles, poire comice et huile de sweet noisette. It was baked Brie with honey and nuts and a delicious salad with apples. It was a fantastic meal! Also, we both ordered a latte, it was the first coffee drink Kathleen had ever ordered so naturally, Ivana was very proud and excited. 😉
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Then, we got lost in the not so nice part of town. A man tried talking to Ivana, who politely responded in French that she didn’t understand. When he seemed insistent on talking and almost following us, Kathleen hurried forward saying ‘don’t look at anyone, don’t talk to anyone!’ We quickly made our way through the crowd, pretending as if we knew exactly where we were headed.

Finally, we decided to do the practical thing and stop off at a pastry shop to use the wifi. We entered Monsier Fernand, ordered a sweet tasting bread, a bottle of water, and most importantly, acquired the wifi password to find our way back home.

In the evening, we went to the grocery store to buy dinner.

Au revoir,
❤ i&k

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We woke up at 5:30 a.m., packed up our things, buried ourselves in coats and jackets, and were on our way. Luckily, our bus stop was right across our hostel, so we waited for about 15 minutes and then mounted the bus that would take us to the airport to reach our next destination, Paris!

When we got off the bus at the airport round-a-bout, there was no sign of the airport so we were slightly terrified and had no idea which way to turn next. There we were, in the freezing cold, tightly bundled in our jackets, Kathleen with a huge backpack and purse, and Ivana with a smaller backpack and a rolling suitcase in the early dark morning.

Finally, we made it to the airport, checked-in, passed security, and waited to board our flight for about 2 1/2 hours and the rest is history.

Then, we arrived in Paris!! As soon as we stepped off the plane, on our passageway to customs, adorable French music was playing, almost as if to welcome us to this beautiful country.

We passed through customs, acquired help in finding which bus to take, got off at the right stop, and were LOST! Everything is Paris looked the same to us and we had no idea where to go. We stopped inside a McDonalds, in hopes of accessing wifi, but to no avail. The language barrier made it kind of difficult for us to communicate with people and was a bit of a culture shock, coming right out of Ireland, where everyone spoke our language and were more than happy to lend a helping hand.

Finally, we decided to stop into a restaurant called, Cafe la Piscene. It was a perfect place to re-fuel and use wifi to locate our hostel. We ordered Croque Monsieur – it was so deliciously creamy and cheesy – yum!
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When we arrived at our hostel, the lady at the reception desk was so sweet and funny, it made us feel welcome and at ease. We then climbed 6 flights of narrow little stairs to reach our room. Needless to say, we were completely exhausted when we reached the top.
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Our hostel, however, is super cute and our window view is gorgeous!

Au revoir!
❤ i&k